Jimi Hendrix, told Life magazine in 1969,
"I can explain everything better though music. You hypnotize people to where they go right back to their natural state, and when you get people at their weakest point, you can preach into their subconscious what we want to say." (Life Magazine, October 30, 1969, p. 4)
Jimi Hendrix's interest in spiritism produced not only the song Voodoo Chile but the following observation from one Kwasi Dzidzornu, a conga player who often played with Hendrix. Kwasi was from a village in Ghana, West Africa, where his father was a voodoo priest.
"One of the first things (Kwasi) asked Jimi was where he got that voodoo rhythm from.... that many of the signature rhythms Jimi played on guitar were very often the same rhythms that (Kwasi's) father played in voodoo ceremonies. The way Jimi danced to the rhythms of his playing reminded him of the ceremonial dances to the rhythms his father played to Oxun, the god of thunder and lightening. The ceremony is called "Voodooshi". ('Scuse Me While I Kiss The Sky, David Henderson, p. 251)
Jimi’s producer claims,
“Now one of the biggest things about Jimi was what he believed and believed that he was possessed by some spirit and I got to believe it myself. That’s what we had to deal with all the time… he really believed it and was struggling with it constantly.”
Fayne Pridgon, the girlfriend of Jimi Hendrix said:
"He used to always talk about some devil or something was in him, you know. He didn't know what made him act the way he acted and what made him say the things he said, and the songs and different things like that · just came out of him. It seems to me he was so tormented and just torn apart and like he really was obsessed, you know, with something really evil" (sound track from film Jimi Hendrix, interview with Fayne Pridgon, side 4, cited by Heartbeat of the Dragon, p. 50).